Karla McCutcheon receives top state education award

It’s no secret that Superiorland produces some of the best teachers around, true professionals who give of themselves for 12 months a year to educate their charges.

We’ve used this space on any number of previous occasions to call attention of that fact to our readers, should that be necessary.

And we’re doing it again today, underscoring the achievements of Karla McCutcheon, a high school physical education and health teacher for Marquette Area Public Schools.

McCutcheon has received an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery, which established the Excellence in Education awards in 2014 to recognize outstanding public-school educators across the state during the school year.

The nomination cited her passion for physical education and her focus on ensuring all students feel included.

Here’s a snippet from the citation: “Aside from the required PE course, she has developed a weightlifting class, as well as Advanced PE where students who are more competitive can play. In addition to the competitive students, she will cater her classes and activities to include our students who have major learning disabilities or have been diagnosed with autism or other related disorders. She also runs our advisory program for the entire building where she develops schoolwide activities to foster a relationship between the students and the teacher.”

Nominated by a colleague, McCutcheon is a Northern Michigan University alum and has taught for 21 years.

“I chose education because of the positive impact my teachers had on my K-12 experience,” McCutcheon said in a news release. “The teens I get to see and work with every day do much more than keep me going, they make me feel alive.”

Congratulations to Karla McCutcheon, who is among the best in an outstanding group of education professionals.


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